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yeeep I have a Gigabyte GTX 550Ti 1GB and its their "oc" model so its factory clocked at 970/2100. Now the thing is, I want to overclock this a bit, I use DiRT 2 on ultra settings to test it. I can do a tiny bit of ocing on the memory and it will be mostly stable but will still crash. Now the real problem is that if i even TOUCH the core clocks (using msi afterburner by the way), it will crash within minutes and I'm talking about bumping it up 10 or so mhz and it will crash. Why is this?

Also I think my card may have a bad cap because it sort of hisses under load. It did this since I bought it in June (used).

Maybe I'm missing something, just lemme know what you think guys.
     
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I think some card simply dont like overclocking, my 4850 didn't tolerate any oc as soon as i overclocked the core from 3mhz bam bsod. Also when i overclocked my 560ti from 880mhz to 900mhz it did artifacts and bsod so now i just run them stock, it just doesn't worth it for 10fps more.

Might be a driver problem.
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even, 550GTX TI isnt a good performer, maybe a 460 GTX 1GB 256bits/HD 6870 will give you what you need biggrin.gif
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Welp when I do upgrade, It'll be this christmas and I will get an amazing card at that time. Was thinking 680 but for a tiny bit of performance loss (which can be made up for with a bit of OCing) I think it would be better to save about $100 and get a 7970. I also plan on in about a year and a half or so, getting a second. Now I'm thinking 7970 because that will last longer because of the 3GB of vram vs the 680's 2gb (and nooo I can't afford the 4gb version).
     
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I don't know if GTX 550 Ti support over-volting. But if it does sure you have to overvolt it before finding out your maximum stable overclock.
1 GHz is about the threshold of GTX 550 Ti & you are already too close to that at stock . You won't notice the difference much either. maybe 2% increase.
As for the GTX 550 Ti isn't a good performer. I consider it a decent and above average graphics card. It can easily max out or near max console ports which most today's games are.
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